The Freedom of Theology

From the May 2008 Print Edition

Benedict XVI, before becoming supreme pastor of the Catholic Church, served for two decades as a theology professor and then, for more than two decades, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. His career, together with his many theological writings and doctrinal . . . . Continue Reading »

Who Can Be Saved?

From the February 2008 Print Edition

Nothing is more striking in the New Testament than the confidence with which it proclaims the saving power of belief in Christ. Almost every page confronts us with a decision of eternal consequence: Will we follow Christ or the rulers of this world? The gospel is, according to Paul, “the power . . . . Continue Reading »

God and Evolution

From the October 2007 Print Edition

During the second half of the nineteenth century, it became common to speak of a war between science and religion. But over the course of the twentieth century, that hostility gradually subsided. Following in the footsteps of the Second Vatican Council, John Paul II at the beginning of his . . . . Continue Reading »

Development or Reversal?

From the October 2005 Print Edition

A Church That Can and Cannot Change: The Development of Catholic Moral Teaching by John T. Noonan, Jr. University of Notre Dame Press 280 pp. $30 Doctrinal development follows a different course in social ethics than in the realm of revelation. The formulation of revealed truth develops through the . . . . Continue Reading »